Ascent of Osha Peak on 2017-06-12

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My friend Jim
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Osha Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:9313 ft / 2838 m

Ascent Trip Report

My peakbagging interest is hiking the tallest 102 major peaks in New Mexico with all the minor peaks in between. There are 169 of them and I have 142. I do not know if I will be able to get them all. It is not the will, rather the way. Some of the peaks have permission issues that I do not know if I will be able to overcome. These peaks have an elevation range from 10,800 feet, to the tallest peak in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak, with an elevation of 13,161 feet. I am not really interested in peaks with an elevation lower than 10,800 feet, yet Capilla Peak, elevation 9368, and Osha Peak, elevation 9313, are on a list of peaks on called the “Albuquerque Home Court Peaks.” There are 19 of the peaks and I already had most of them, so I decided to complete the list. (3 more to go after these 2)
Capilla Peak
I left my home at 6:30 AM, June 2, 2017, with my friend Jim. We headed south, from Tijeras, on highway 337 to the town of Manzano. We then headed north, then west on FR 245. We could have driven all the way to the Capilla Peak, but if I am not able to put a fair amount of physical effort into the peak, I will not count it. We parked about 2 miles to the south of the peak at an elevation of 8437. We started hiking up the road at 8:17. It was a beautiful, clear, cool morning. The views the entire day, in every direction, were spectacular. It was a very easy hike and to make it a little bit more difficult we bushwhacked up the final hill to the top rather than taking the road. There is a fire tower on top of the peak. It took us about an hour of hiking to reach the top. We had an elevation gain of 931 feet. We took some pictures then hiked over to an observatory. From the observatory we hiked over to the camping area. There are gorgeous views from this camping area with 3 sided Adirondack shelters to stay in. We continued back the way we came and arrived back at the SUV at 10:40. The total hike took about 2 hours and 25 minutes to complete and we hiked 4.33 miles. The hike was so easy I asked Jim if he would like to do Osha Peak nearby and he said he did.
Osha Peak
We drove south from our parking spot to the new Canyon Campground and easily found the start of the trail. We headed out on the trail at 11:04 AM. It was a beautiful forested trail. Our starting elevation was 7775 feet. We crossed a very small stream and were able to easily follow the trail for about a half a mile. The trail then vanished and we found ourselves bushwhacking through very thorny New Mexico locust bushes and having to go over many downed logs. We found a trail and hoped it would switchback our direction. It did not, so we continued bushwhacking. We found another trail which we followed for awhile until it disappeared. We hiked straight up the mountain to the saddle. I was very strenuous! We hiked along a trail for a short period of time, then again the trail vanished. Throughout the afternoon we had to also fight through some of the downed logs of the Trigo fire that occurred in April and May of 2008. Many of the trees were not affected by the fire. We went straight up the rock mountain occasionally having to scramble on all fours. It felt fairly brutal at times! We arrived at the top after hiking 2.25 miles. It took us 2 hours and 30 minutes. The long period of time had to do with excessive bushwhacking. We had an elevation gain of 1622 feet. The views were wonderful and as we ate our lunch there was not a cloud in sight. We started the hike back at 2:12. We tried to find a better way back than the way we came up. We went back to the saddle then headed straight down. We found a trail and followed it hoping it would go our direction. It kept going up and we had to eventually give up on it and bushwhack straight down the mountain. Finally we found the trail for the last half mile then arrived back at the SUV. Our total time, including lunch was about 5 hours. We hiked 4.5 miles with a total up-down elevation gain of 1980 feet. We did not see any large wildlife on the two hikes, but we did see several of the beautiful Albert squirrels, a turkey, many beautiful birds, and a large horny toad. Osha Peak was probably a very nice hike when a trail existed. We were pretty worn out! Don’t wear shorts!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1980 ft / 603 m
    Total Elevation Loss:446 ft / 135 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Clear and Cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1622 ft / 494 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1534 ft / 467 m; Extra: 88 ft / 26m
    Loss on way in:88 ft / 26 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Trail west then bushwhacking straight up
    Start Trailhead:New Canyon Campground  7779 ft / 2371 m
    Time:2 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:358 ft / 109 m
    Gain on way out:358 ft / 109 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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